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Canceled: Tennessee River Paddle Off

Join us for the 4th Annual Cheers to Clean Water Celebration on May 30th, 2020! This year, we are headed back to the south waterfront at Suttree Landing Park for the 2020 Tennessee River Paddle-Off to celebrate the amazing resource we have in our backyards, the Tennessee River!

Participants are encouraged to bring a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and take part in a competitive race, or just float and enjoy the river. There are two route options: from Suttree Landing Park to the western tip of Dickinson Island, or from Suttree Landing Park and going up and around Dickinson Island. Friendly floaters can go as far as they would like (Route Map). 

Following the float is a celebration in the name of clean water at Suttree Landing Park, with craft libations from Alliance Brewing Company Printshop Beer Co., & Hi-Wire Brewing, live bluegrass music from Check Engine, a chance to take home a giveaway, and educational activities for adults and kids alike.

With full registration, participants will receive entry to the event, one dry bag (13.75"), one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Race Only and Kids 12 & under race registrants receive entry to the event and one dry bag. Celebration only registrants receive entry to the event, one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Those who want to free float the river as part of this event receive free entry, with suggested donation of $5.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Water Quality Forum,  a coalition of diverse partners working together to keep our waters in East Tennessee clean. A portion of the proceeds go directly to WaterFest, the Water Quality Forum’s largest annual education event. The event serves 800 students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing them to water science concepts and engaging them in fun, hands-on activities that teach them about their local water resources and how to protect them.

Boats are available for rent from Knoxville Adventure Collective, but supplies are limited! Make sure to choose desired boat upon registration. 

The City of Knoxville Waste and Resources Management Department is facilitating a river cleanup by boat!  This will take place DURING the race. A limited number of boats will be provided.

THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. In the event of severe weather, boaters will be required to get off the water as quickly as possible. Dogs are welcome, on leash and well-behaved.

IMPORTANT: Parking is VERY LIMITED. Please consider carpooling, cycling, or walking to the event. There is a free lot at 2011 Kay Street, less than a mile from the event. We want to respect our neighbors and not crowd the residential streets. Thank you!

Saturday, May 30 at 11:00am to 4:00pm

Suttree Landing Park 1001 Waterfront Drive Knoxville TN 37920

Event Type

Sports & Recreation, Social Events


Science, Engineering, Sustainability


Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Families



Facilities Services



Contact Name

Garrett Ferry

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